Supporting People with Learning Difficulties into Work

WE Work for Everyone will specifically target people with a learning difficulty to support them to find, secure and maintain paid employment, supported by a Navigator on a 1 to 1 basis.

Up to 10% of the population have a learning difficulty. However employment rates for people with learning difficulties remain stubbornly low. The employment rate in the UK for people with learning difficulties is low at 5.7% with 71% of those working part-time. Research identifies that they can and do want to work, but are often denied the opportunity because there are many barriers to finding meaningful paid work.

The aim of WE Work for Everyone is to offer a unified approach to improving employment outcomes for people with learning difficulties living in the West of England Combined Authority area. The programme will be led by Bristol Council but we will be working with Local Authorities within West of England region to provide services and support for people with learning difficulties.
The programme will be funded by the European Social Fund, DWP and West of England Local Authorities.  

Our key commitments are to empower people with learning difficulties so that they are no longer socially isolated and marginalised, help them to be able to earn money and live independent lives. We hope to raise awareness with employers the benefit of having inclusive and diverse work force too.

From 11 January 2021 WE Work for Everyone will be accepting pre-registration referrals via weworkforeveryone@bristol.gov.uk. However, in light of national lockdown restrictions the main service delivery will start 15 February 2021. All referrals that have been received will be registered with the programme and contacted by a Navigator to arrange an initial diagnostic after this date.